I got up early this morning thinking about how happy I am to be saying goodbye to 2011 and to be welcoming in 2012. Although I always endeavor to focus on the positive aspects of everything that life brings me whether or not they appear on the surface to be wrapped in a challenging package, I have to admit that 2011 is not a year that I would like to repeat.
Right from the start things in my life started breaking down and needed my focused attention to rebuild, renew and/or repair. Victor and I both went through life-threatening health challenges, my car broke down and needed major (and expensive) repairs, and currently our kitchen, which I’ve always considered to the be “heart” of our home, is unusable as it goes through a major remediation process that was needed as the result of a leak that had gone undetected for a long time. The remediation part has been completed and in two days the rebuilding process will begin. So our home, in effect, will start the new year off with a new heart.
In looking back at these 2011 challenges I can see that they where helping to prepare us for 2012 — a year of new beginnings. We are now repaired, renewed and ready to move into 2012 with gratitude and appreciation for the many blessings in our lives.
Every new year, Victor and I practice a ritual that we’ve been doing for over 10 years. We set aside several hours to write in our New Year Journal. This process has been so rewarding in many ways. I write about it here.